Phoenix has always been my home, while I have a strong disdain for the summertime in the Valley, my love for toolin’ around Arizona has only intensified throughout the years. With our societies current state of seemingly perpetual chaos, 2020 has been a year filled with plenty of adventure, and reclusive distancing? Candidly, I am really not a terribly social individual and reclusive sounds quite the opposite of what those virtue signaling folks are striving for lately, in my humble opinion. Anyhoo, I have had a fantastic time traveling around Arizona, checking off some of places that I have yet to explore, and can’t wait to return.
From the White Mountains, to Sedona, to the border of Mexico and beyond, this summer has been full of adventures. I honestly wouldn’t want it any other way. With all of this virus information, or lack thereof, I enjoyed ‘social distancing’ and took advantage of the solitude. To be honest, I loved every minute of traveling around Arizona.
One of my favorite trips was to the top of Mt. Graham in Southeastern Arizona, near Safford, this past Memorial Day. I have never seen a healthier forest anywhere in the State. The drive up was mostly paved, extremely windy and narrow, but amazingly scenic! I’d recommend it to everyone seeking a unique adventure, the opposite direction of the majority of folks fleeing the heat of the valley. Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest in terms of traveling locally within the state. Knowing this we didn’t like the idea of fighting traffic, and decided against it altogether. We were not disappointed! It took about 4.5 hours to get to the top from Phoenix.
Aside from the amazing forest, there is a telescope from the University Of Arizona on the top and due to the lack of any city lights nearby, the skies are incredibly bright, full of stars. So much so, one can nearly see the galaxy with the naked eye. There’s even a little fishing lake at the very top of the Mountain, Riggs Flat Lake, I’d assume it sits quite close to 10,000 feet in elevation. We had so much fun, didn’t see too many folks and found a way to “Social Distance” our way. It was truly an awesome adventure!
Another great trip around Arizona was to Bisbee. Bisbee is an old booming copper mining town. Old Town Bisbee sits just north of the abandoned Queen Copper Mine, which can be seen driving into town. I have not had the opportunity to spend much time in the Southeastern portion of the State and was determined to. Bisbee was full of little eclectic shops, great food, nice folks and amazing weather. I read that it sat at the same elevation as Payson, but received more Monsoon rainfall and I had to see for myself. We got down there and it was 30 degrees cooler than Phoenix, the summer storms seemingly build up every afternoon and the scenery is quintessentially, Arizona. It was beautiful! Im intent on going back, renting a room in one of the old hotels (maybe one of the haunted ones) and getting better acquainted with Bisbee.
I don’t mind Social Distancing, at all! We had an awesome time traveling around Arizona, exploring, learning some and having a bunch of fun in the process. We’ve decided to make it somewhat of a routine and will post more as we go. Thanks for looking!